Julio Jones won’t suit up for Falcons against Buccaneers
The Atlanta Falcons will be without their best receiver and probable best WR in team history for their season finale against Tampa Bay on Sunday. Jones has been nursing a hamstring injury and has had a bit of an off-year battling injuries. The long-time Falcon played in just nine games this year and only two following Week 9. It’s been rough for fantasy owners seeing Jones miss five of Atlanta’s last seven and the team’s final four games, prime fantasy playoff weeks. Jones put up career-lows with just 51 catches and 771 receiving yards but still shows promise putting up 85 yards per game with the time missed. The 31-year old’s fantasy relevance will all come down to health in the future.
Even while missing Jones for much of the season, Atlanta became the league’s fifth ranked pass offense. A big reason has been the remarkable play of Calvin Ridley. Ridley’s primed for a big game against a team he lit up for 10 receptions, 163 yards, and a TD just three weeks ago. Against Tampa, it’s well worth hitting FanDuel’s Sportsbook for a look at a few of Ridley’s player props overs. Russell Gage is the other receiver most likely to benefit from Jones’ absence. Gage was targeted ten times against Tampa a few weeks ago and had one of his better games of the year, putting up five catches for nearly 70 yards and a touchdown. For the second meeting with the Bucs, Gage carries a very reasonable $5700 cost in FanDuel DFS, and you can also grab him in over 60% of pools for your fantasy league championship game.